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Droplet-based Multiphase Flows in Microchannel Systems

FLOW-3D, with its variety of physical models, can help researchers and developers optimize the performance of droplet-based microdevices. Droplet-based microfluidics can help enhance the performance of microchemical analysis systems, micromixing processes, chemical and biochemical screening, enzymatic kinetics, and assays. Fluid pressure, viscous and surface tension forces play a major role in the functioning of these microdevices.

Two-Phase Microfluidic Channels

Droplet formation in two-phase microfluidic channel systems has been extensively studied for both immiscible liquid-liquid flows and gas-liquid flows. Droplet-based microsystems also enable miniaturization of reactions by confining reagents in droplets of femoliter to microliter volumes. Confining reagents in droplets provides rapid mixing of reagents, control of the timing of reactions and the ability to synthesize and transport products.